EdenTree Amity International A

Global equity fund with an ethical mandate.

  • 309.20p
    Price (Inc)

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    Price (Acc)

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  • 5.00% 0.00%

    Initial charge

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  • 1.50%
    Annual management charge

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  • 1.58%
    Ongoing charges

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  • 0.50%
    Yield

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Prices as at 02 December 2020

Investing in equities worldwide, this fund seeks out companies making a positive contribution to society and the environment. Businesses with exposure to areas such as tobacco and arms are avoided. Robin Hepworth was awarded sole control of the fund in 2008, having previously been co-manager with Sue Round from launch in 1999. At the same time the objectives of the fund were changed to give it an explicitly ethical mandate.

Fund summary

Sector Global
Structure OEIC
Launched September, 1999
Size £168m
Yield 0.50%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 30 Apr, 31 Aug

Charges

Standard initial charge 5.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.50%
Ongoing charges figure 1.58%

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Investment process

The fund aims to achieve long term capital appreciation and a reasonable level of income by investing principally in International companies. The Amity International Fund seeks to invest in a portfolio of companies which make a positive contribution to society and the environment through sustainable and socially responsible practices. The Fund seeks to avoid investment in certain areas such as companies which have a material involvement in alcohol, tobacco and weapon production, gambling and publication of violent or explicit materials. To achieve these objectives, both positive and negative ethical screens are used.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 -0.19%
  • 16/17 0.77%
  • 17/18 0.15%
  • 18/19 -0.56%
  • 19/20 0.00%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.15%
  • 3 years 0.00%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 99.70%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Robin Hepworth

Hepworth is a graduate of what is now Greenwich University (Estate Management). He worked at Church Commisioners as an Investment Analyst prior to joining Ecclesiastical in 1988. Initially a general investment analyst, he became fund manager of their pension fund in 1990.

Track record

Robin Hepworth has 18.1 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.15%. During the worst period of relative performance (from December 1994 - February 2000) there was a decline of 19% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 20%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -20.00% (October 2007 - October 2008)
Relative -19.00% (December 1994 - February 2000)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.

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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 31 July 2020

4.1917% Alphabet Inc
4.063% Microsoft Corp
3.215% Cisco Systems Inc
2.5033% Borregaard Asa Com Stk
2.4581% Nxp Semiconductors Nv
2.3385% Nokia Corp
2.2199% Roche Hldg Ag
2.2106% Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
2.2065% Boston Scientific Corp
2.1841% Sap Se
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Technology 28.00%
Industrials 23.00%
Financials 14.00%
Health Care 11.00%
Consumer Goods 9.00%
Basic Materials 6.00%
Consumer Services 4.00%
Utilities 3.00%
Telecommunications 1.00%
Money Market 1.00%

Portfolio

The fund typically holds 100-120 stocks.

Key Investor Information

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